FFA News

Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter Competes in County, District Public Speaking Career Development Events

Recently the Miami County and District 5 FFA Public Speaking Career Development Events were held. The County competition was held in early February, hosted by the Upper Valley Career Center in Piqua. Miami County FFA Chapters participating included Bradford, Covington, Miami East, Milton Union, Newton, and Upper Valley Career Center. The top two speakers in each category advanced to the district competition.
The District 5 FFA Public Speaking Contest was held mid-February. It was hosted by Coldwater High School. District 5 consists of schools from Auglaize, Darke, Mercer, Miami, Montgomery, Preble, and Shelby Counties.
Fletcher Harris competed in the Beginning Prepared Speaking Event. He researched, wrote, presented and answered questions on a five to seven-minute speech. Harris’s speech concerned the importance of African Swine Fever. He placed second in the county contest and seventh in the district.
The Extemporaneous Speaking Event members are given an agriculture topic then have 30 minutes to prepare a four to six-minute speech and follow-up answer questions.… Continue reading

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Norwayne FFA Science Fair


Science fair was a big hit this year! The Planimal and Livestock classes enjoyed experimenting with different AG related topics. One of the most interesting topics from the planimal classes was by Colton Rhoda and Austin Hamlink. They experimented on different deer food and what food they eat more. The boys set up a trail camera and set up three different kinds of minerals for deer to eat. They had very good results, the deer liked the one with the most nutrients. Colton said his favorite part of the science fair was; “experimenting and spending time with his friends and classmates!” Great job to the winners of the Science Fair! Tied for first place were Kya Csapo and Morgan Wiles, and Olivia Stoudmire. Tied for Second, was Blake Simmons and Marley Snyder. The third place winners were Kyle Olszewski and Luke Larrison! Congratulations to these hardworking students!… Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA agricultural communications team competed in the state contest

On February 12th, the West Holmes FFA agricultural communications team competed in the state contest. The team placed 4th in the state. Individual placings were Ashley Tate 4th, Cora Crilow 12th, Sarah Irwin 28th, and Alysa Pringle 50th. Agricultural Communications is a 4 person team that creates a proposal and presentation about an agricultural topic.  This year’s scenario was to promote a FFA member who promotes agriculture. Members were also asked to take a test on general communications and complete an AP Style editing exercise.  After the team presentation, the team attended a mock press conference and did either a journalistic writing, opinion writing, created a website, or created a video. … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA chapter hosted fundraiser

On February 8th, the West Holmes FFA chapter hosted a fundraiser at the Berlin Farmstead. Members were greeters, hostesses, and table cleaners. Members of the community came out to support the chapter. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the chapter and to the Farmstead for allowing us to host the event! … Continue reading

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West Holmes FFA members participated in the state Nursery Landscape contest

On February 9th, four West Holmes FFA members participated in the state Nursery Landscape contest. The team placed 17th in the state. Individually Alex Pringle was 74th, Quentin Vehrs was 75th, Colby Long was 92nd, and Adam Mast was 137th. Prior to competing, these members had to compete in an online test. The test consisted of general safety questions, information on the green industry, and how to read seed and fertilizer labels.   
During the contest, members had to identify plants and insects. The team also had to answer some general safety questions after the test. They also had to identify landscaping tools and read a blueprint. … Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Agricultural Power Diagnostics Team Competes

Matthew Osting and Braden Zekas recently competed in the District Agricultural Power Diagnostics (formerly known as Tractor Trouble Shooting) Career Development Event hosted by the Darke County FFA Chapters and held at Koenig Equipment in Greenville. Matthew and Braden are both members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter at Miami East High School.

During the contest the team troubleshot two bugs in each of five tractors. They had to identify the problems and fix them in less than twenty minutes. Prior to the contest they took a test over tractor maintenance and repair.

A special appreciation goes to coaches and helpers for the training of the team. The lead coach was Denny Zerkle of Lost Creek Repair. The team also had a practice session with Jarrett Winner, Apple Farm Service in Covington, Farmers Equipment in Urbana, and Dan Schmeising.

The team won the contest. They placed 1st in the district out of 21 teams.… Continue reading

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Give FFA Day is Feb. 24

It is National FFA Week and a great opportunity to support thousands of FFA members on Give FFA Day on Feb. 24.
Contributions made on Give FFA Day will support various statewide programming including student award programs, the recruitment and retention of current and future agricultural educators, Ohio FFA Camp, the Ohio FFA officer team and general activities and initiatives. Donors can designate their gift to which of these areas that matter to them most.
In addition, Sunrise Cooperative is matching gifts, up to $25,000, to the Ohio FFA Foundation to help donations make twice the impact. For more than 94 years, the organization has strived to make a positive difference in students’ lives through agricultural education.
“FFA has helped me believe in myself and showed me how important it is to believe in others. I was pushed out of my comfort zone more times than I can count, and before I knew it, I was accomplishing more than I ever dreamed I could,” said Cassie Mavis, a Fairfield FFA member who is currently serving as a state vice president at large.… Continue reading

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Interested in being a student reporter at the 2022 Ohio FFA Convention?

The 2022 Ohio FFA State Convention is right around the corner and Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net is looking for outstanding Ohio FFA members to help serve as student reporters for this year’s event.

In our tenth year of the student reporter program, selected FFA members will get the opportunity to help cover the convention and work alongside our news staff, including Matt Reese, Dale Minyo, and Kolt Buchenroth. Ever wonder what it’s like to do our job? This is your chance!

The live coverage of the Ohio FFA Convention will be posted on www.ocj.com and various social media outlets with reporters helping to host news coverage alongside our staff in addition to a couple veteran student reporters.

Students will assist in gathering information, shoot photos and video of newsworthy items and people, share their commentary of what happened in each session, and much more.

To be considered:

  • Applicants must be attending both days of the Ohio FFA State Convention May 5 and 6, 2022.
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Sunrise University and Ohio FFA

By Dale Minyo and Matt Reese

As part of a unique partnership with Ohio FFA, Sunrise Cooperative has created the RISE FFA Career Program and Sunrise University. The program was developed in 2019 and serves two purposes: provide an avenue to reach the future leaders of agriculture, while supporting the Ohio FFA Association State President during their term in office. 

“The state FFA came to us and they had a need for a vehicle for the State FFA president to drive. I say, ‘I’ll tell you what, we’ll give you a brand new pickup truck for the state FFA president to drive and, at the end of that year, when it is one year old, we’ll take that truck and give it as a signing bonus to whoever you say is the top FFA student that wants to come right into the work force from high school,’” said George Secor, President/CEO of Sunrise.… Continue reading

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FFA Member Leadership Series makes its’ debut

By Bethany Starlin, OCJ FFA reporter

Formerly known as 212/260, the FFA Member Leadership Series is a National FFA conducted event that offers students the opportunity to step out of their comfort zones and grow their leadership skills. 

“The FFA Member Leadership Series is beneficial to students because it teaches them that they can make a positive impact in their personal lives and their FFA chapters,” said Mackenzie Ott, Ohio FFA State Treasurer. 

The last time Ohio FFA hosted an event similar to the FFA Member Leadership Series was in March of 2020. The event was canceled in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and instead Energize Ohio FFA, a virtual conference with similar formatting, was held in its place.

Ohio FFA went above and beyond to make this experience the best it could be for FFA members. Hosted at the Embassy Suites in Columbus, students arrived Saturday morning and jumped right into a day full of sessions.… Continue reading

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Miami Valley Career Technology Center FFA Members participate Public Speaking Contests

Every year at Miami Valley Career Technology Center (MVCTC), junior FFA Members participate in Beginning and Advanced Prepared School Public Speaking Contests held at the local chapter level.

The Ohio Beginning Prepared Speech CDE provides an early opportunity for FFA members to develop the art of public speaking. The purpose of the Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE is to develop oral communication skills, expressing thoughts and ideas with limited preparation. The Extemporaneous Public Speaking CDE develops the prepared speaker further to formulate remarks in situations with minimal prior notification or rehearsal.

The following students earned the opportunity to represent MVCTC at the sub-district FFA Speech Competitions.

Lana Gray (Veterinary Science/Northmont) participated in the Beginning Prepared School Public Speaking Contest. Her speech earned her First Place Honors at the local contest.

Makinley Jarrett (Veterinary Science/National Trail) participated in the Advanced Public Speaking Contest. Her speech earned her First Place Honors at the local contest.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Members at Agricultural Sales Competition

Recently several members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the District 5 FFA Agricultural Sales Career Development Event hosted by New Knoxville High School.

The Agricultural Sales team consisted of Isaac Beal, Rhylee Eichhorn, Alaina Helsinger, and Braden Zekas. The team members each completed a test on agricultural sales, prepared a team sales presentation, and demonstrated their ability to sell an agricultural product.  

Alaina Helsinger was the highest placing individual from Miami East. She tied for the highest score in the individual selling component of the competition. The team placed seventh out of 13 teams.  … Continue reading

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Miami East FFA Competes in State Competition

Recently, the junior and senior FFA members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the Ohio FFA Grain Merchandising Career Development Event of Grain Merchandising. 

The Grain Merchandising event consisted of an online test which evaluated participant’s knowledge of grain merchandising options for farmers and former and current grain marketing trends. Members taking the test were Annabelle Penny, Dottie Everett, Emma Sutherly, Jayden Gates, Sydney Brittain, Samuel Sutherly, Keira Kirby, Anthony Putnam, Evan Massie, Braden Zekas, Isaac Beal, Adi Richter, Olivia Shaffer, Chloe Gump, Gretchen Stevens, Spencer Triplett, Megan Gilliland, Ethan Paulus, Keyara Davis, Katelynn Dill, Luke Brunke, Jillian Niswonger, Ethan Fine, Kendal Staley, and Matthew Osting.

The team placed 15th out of over 40 teams. Team members were Annabelle Penny, Dottie Everett, Emma Sutherly, and Jayden Gates. The highest individual from Miami East was Annabelle Penny. Penny was the 35th place individual in the state out of almost 400 individuals.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA has a Successful Sausage Sale this Year

The Northwestern FFA Chapter has had another successful year selling sausage.  On Saturday, January 29th, members gathered at Heffelfinger Meats Inc. to make the sausage. Along with several community members Dan Fulk, Brain Bowers, Tyler Bowers, Brad Stull, Lynn Bridenstine, Randy Tegtmeier, Zane Dilyard, and Bill Yoho. Alumni Becca Harbaugh, Debbie Eberly, Valerie Imhoff, and Kyle Wharton and teachers Mrs. Tegtmeier and Miss Stull. Members who participated were Melanie Imhoff, Ava Stoller, Hanna Wilson, Miranda Smith, Maddy Yasch, Kirsten Boreman, Haley Caldwell, and Lauren Vaughan. The chapter would like to extend their gratitude to Rick Heffelfinger and HMI for supporting the chapter with this fundraiser. This year the chapter sold 4,080 pounds of sausage. Northwestern FFA would like to thank the community for their support during this fundraiser, as well as those who came and helped with making the sausage.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chili Cook-Off

At the January FFA Meeting the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter held its annual Chili Cook-Off Competition. Members were given the challenge of working in teams or as individuals to create a chili to submit to the judges for evaluation. They had to submit their recipe and cooking directions. 

Winners of the competition included two categories. The Judges Choice Winner was Keyara Davis and Keyara Davis. Winner of the People’s Choice was Kyle Larson and Fletcher Harris. 

All winning teams received an FFA T-Shirt. Judges for the event were the Miami East High School custodial staff members Cameron Godsey and Sandy Welker and parent Jackie Winner.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC February FFA Member of the Month

Annabelle Penny

The February 2022 Miami East-MVCTC FFA Member of the Month is Annabelle Penny. She is a junior and second year member of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter. Her parents are Steve and Michelle Penny of Conover.

She recently competed in the State FFA Grain Merchandising Career Development Event and was the highest placing individual from Miami East. She is an applicant for the 2022 State FFA Degree. She is a past recipient of a National FFA Supervised Agricultural Experience grant. Her Supervised Agricultural Experience includes raising and marketing 140 market chickens annually.

Every month of the school year the Miami East-MVCTC FFA will select a student to be the FFA Member of the Month.  The officer team will nominate one member that has been actively involved in the FFA chapter, school and community activities.  If selected, the member will be recognized at the monthly FFA meeting, have their picture displayed in the Miami East Ag Room, and will receive a special accolade in celebration of their accomplishment.… Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA competed in District Evaluations

The Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter recently competed in the District 5 Evaluations of the Ohio FFA Association at New Bremen High School.  Several members of the chapter dedicated numerous hours on developing and growing on their Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) records to prepare their applications for awards and degrees.
Three 2021-2022 Chapter Officers that submitted books for review. Adi Richter submitted the Secretary’s Book and earned a perfect score and gold rating. Alaina Helsinger submitted the Treasurer’s Book and earned a perfect score and gold rating. Kendal Staley submitted the Reporter’s Book and earned a perfect score and gold rating. All three will be recognized at the State FFA Convention in May.
Graduates Erin Baker, Adam Bensman, Makayla Brittain, Carter Gilbert, Paige Pence, Rylee Puthoff, Jimmy Sutherly, Seth Wells, and Lauren Wright applied for the American FFA Degree for their outstanding Supervised Agricultural Experience and overall FFA involvement. Their applications were reviewed and will be evaluated at the state evaluations.  … Continue reading

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Miami East-MVCTC FFA Team Places In State Competition

Recently members of the Miami East-MVCTC FFA Chapter competed in the Ohio FFA State Agricultural Biotechnology Career Development Event. The students learned and applied their knowledge through an online test then competed in an in-person competition. 

The Agricultural Biotechnology team placed 12th in the state. Those representing Miami East in the state finals were Isaac Beal, Jacob Roeth, Fletcher Harris, and Ty Roeth. They demonstrated their knowledge of research advancement in the agriculture industry through a group presentation, identified equipment used in a lab, and demonstrated biotechnology laboratory industry related tasks. 

Additional Miami East participants in the Career Development Event were Ava Prince, Madison Maxson, Luke Brunke, Ella Fine, Abigail Kadel, Kyle Larson, Landin Putnam, Jadyn Maingi, Thomas Wallace, Alaina Helsinger, Reagan Howell, Hunter Randall, McKayah Musselman, Kaden Weldy, Ayla Gilbert, Logan Phillips, Jadyn Bair, Michael Hohenstein, and Devan Nix. 

There were 307 individuals from 29 schools in the competition. A special thank you goes to Mr.… Continue reading

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LU FFA Parliamentary Procedure Team Places 2nd In State CDE

On December 18th, 2021, six dedicated members of the Liberty Union FFA Chapter, accompanied by their advisor, Mr. Thomas, set out to compete at the state level Parliamentary Procedure CDE Contest. The parliamentary procedure competition is one of the most team involved in the FFA. This competition requires six members to fully learn parliamentary law. The team is set up as one president, one secretary, and 4 members. In this contest Mary Chesnut was the president, Alex Shy was the secretary, and the members were Alee Brunty, Dylan Hochradel, Gavin Eastep, and Reagan Thomas. Students are judged on their ability to run a business meeting with reasonable debates, their ability to answer oral questions, a state online test, and a reference test based on Robert’s Rules of Order rulebook.

           At the state level of this contest, members are required to take an online exam after their district level competitions to determine who they will be competing against.… Continue reading

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Northwestern FFA Holds Winter Meeting

Northwestern FFA Holds Winter Meeting On December 13, 2021 the members of the Northwestern FFA Chapter gathered in the auditorium at Northwestern High School for the annual winter FFA meeting. 

The meeting was called to order by President Jadeyn Berry. Then, the officers performed opening ceremonies and minutes of the previous meeting were read by the Secretary, Ava Stoller.  Treasurer’s Report was given by Zoey Dudte and the Reporter’s Report was given by Hanna Wilson. Kaleb Badger moved to accept all officer reports. Officers then reported on committees. Kirsten Boreman reported on the Ag in the Classroom committee, Kade Tegtmeier reported on the Earnings and Savings committee, and Rylee Dawson reported on the recreation committee. All committee reports were moved to be accepted by Dugan McLaughlin.

Officers then reported on events that have taken place so far this year. These events were AET State Degrees/Proficiencies, Senior Scholarships, Parliamentary Procedure, Job Interview, Fruit Sales, Dues, Bell Ringing, and Poinsettias.… Continue reading

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